Once a popular hangout for Madrid’s matadors, the tower topped ME Madrid hotel in now a crowd puller for glamorous fashionistas, business folk and party seekers. The unbeatable central location in the city’s bustling Plaza de Santa Ana makes it the go to place for fine food and cocktails with panoramic city views. The dramatic 1919 hotel façade belies the extensive modern reinvention within. Transformed by Keith Hobbs and his United Designers team, the splendid beauty of the architecture has been preserved whilst being infused with custom-made designer furniture, eclectic accessories and innovative works of art.
Rooms are sleek, masculine, and well-appointed: plasma TVs, CD and DVD libraries and iPod connections come as standard. Book one of the Mode suites for people-watching panoramas over Plaza de Santa Ana or Plaza del Ángel. ME Madrid’s suites come with the usual luxury expected from a high end hotel with the added surprise of Nintendo Wiis.
ME Restaurant has become one of Madrid’s most in-demand dining rooms presided over by the sought after El Bulli trained Chef Jaime Renedo. The accomplished international menu includes some firm favourites, especially the platter of four miniature hamburgers – each with a different flavour.
The more casual Ana la Santa's dining room is airy and leafy, with floor-to-ceiling windows, simple blond-wood tables and an abundance of green plants. Enjoy a tapas at the bar, or pull up a chair to savour family-style rice dishes. Open in summer, the Roof Bar is the result of American nightclub impresario Rande Gerber. Permanently packed by in-the-know Madrileños, enjoy a killer cocktail on a comfy sofa with a sweeping view over the city. Down on the ground floor, ME Restaurant has a suitably sultry bar area where two mounted bull’s heads serve as an apt reminder of its previous life as a matador haunt.